The Old Stone Church and the YMCA of Greater Cleveland announced the September opening of an academic based, arts and music fortified preschool on Public Square. The school is a result of a shared vision between Mark Giuliano, Senior Pastor of Old Stone Church and Glenn Haley, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland to reinforce both residential growth and economic development in the growing downtown community. The preschool will be located in the Old Stone Center which is attached to the historic and renowned Old Stone Church on Public Square and will accommodate up to 55 students M-F. Although the program is open to all children from throughout the region, there will be an early two week registration period (to be announced) open to Downtown Residents, members of the Old Stone Church and members of the YMCA of Greater Cleveland. Peak period drop-off /pick-up parking on Ontario Street has been arranged with the help of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the City of Cleveland. With the surge in both the residential population and economic development, both historic organizations saw the school as a necessity for downtown Cleveland’s future. Dr. Giuliano, who is also the President of the Downtown Cleveland Residents Association and a Board Member of the DCIC/DCA, says that when he asks downtown residents why they are moving to the suburbs, the answer is often that downtown lacks educational opportunities for children. “The partnership between the Old Stone Church and YMCA gives parents and their children opportunity to access a creative, program based preschool right on Public Square,” says Giuliano. The surge in economic development also creates a demand for an exceptional preschool for the growing downtown workforce.
Both the Old Stone Church and the YMCA have strong histories of abating poverty and strengthening the community through education. The founding meeting of the YMCA in 1865 took place at the Old Stone Church and the original YMCA building was located across the street on Public Square where the Key Bank now sits. In recent history, Old Stone has served the community through the Old Stone Education Center for single mothers, the adoption of Tremont Montessori School, and now a new partnership with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland.